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Noah P. Is Head for a Day

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This past Wednesday, our friend Noah was "Head for a Day." He visited her staff, took a ride with Jerry across campus, had a meeting with his mom (the President of the Board), and greeted students at carpool!⠀⠀

⠀Here's our lunchtime interview with Noah as Burgundy Head:⁣⠀⠀
Interviewer: What has been your favorite part of the day thus far?⁣⠀⠀
Noah: I've enjoyed giving the rules out. Carpool was fun. Jared was a lot of fun, too. I got to see all of the cool hockey pucks in his office.⠀⠀
I: What are the rules?⠀⠀
N: Middle School students won't have homework over the weekend. Lower School students have to call their teacher by their last name. And Early Childhood students have to keep their hand on the table when they call their teachers!⠀⠀
I: Do you think you might want to be a Head of School on day?⁣⠀⠀
N: Yes, I think I would like to be a Head of School one day because I love to boss people around. I also like to be able to admire things I've done, like if I set something up and it works, it's fun to watch that happen. ⠀⠀
I: Anything else you want to share?⠀⠀
N: I have a meeting with my mom later and she's going to fire me because I didn't wear the shirt she wanted me to wear. I wore my Captain American shirt instead.⠀

Kimi S. Is Head for a Day

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Friday, April 26, 2019

This past Monday, our friend Kimi was "Head for a Day." She visited her staff, took a ride with Holden across campus, and instituted a rule that the following day would be Pajama Day for kids and adults alike!

Here's our interview with Kimi at the end of her successful day as Burgundy Head:⁣⠀
Interviewer: What did you learn today? ⁣⠀
Kimi: I learned a lot of stuff, especially a lot of the reasons that diversity is important and how it was important to the people who created the school.⁣⠀
I: What was the best part of the day?⁣⠀
K: Probably telling everyone the rule.⁣⠀
I: Do you think you might want to be a Head of School on day?⁣⠀
K: Yes, I think it's really fun to be in charge and to help out.⁣⠀

The 2019 Burgundy Book Fair: April 29 through May 3

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 29: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 30/May 1: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
May 2-3: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come and get your summer reading! Burgundy's book fair will begin Monday, April 29. Classes will visit the library during the day on Monday (April 29) or Tuesday (April 30) to browse and create wishlists. Families are welcome to return with their children to shop or students may bring money to purchase books during the day. A detailed letter and preview flyer will be coming home this week with your child. Middle school required summer reading will be available. Pay by credit card (in person), cash, or check (made payable to BFCDS). A percentage of each sale supports Burgundy’s library. Back by popular demand: Teacher wishlists will be available if you would like to donate books to classrooms. Thanks for supporting the library!!

Burgundy's 2019 Science Fair

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Is Bounty really the quicker picker upper?⁣

Does the size of a keel affect boat stability?

⁣Do some types of chocolate melt more quickly?⁣

Does water temperature affect how quickly your bath bomb will dissolve?⁣

How do I create a bubble formula to make bubbles last longer?

⁣Slime to stretch farther?

⁣4/5 students put their wonderings to work and conducted tests to find answers to their questions. The result was a fun and fascinating Science Fair held on campus yesterday! Thank you to the many members of our community who came out to support them!⁣



Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Schedule of Events & FAQs

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Experience the magic of Burgundy through the eyes of our students!

We are delighted to invite all grandparents and special friends to visit Burgundy on Friday, May 3, 2019. 

Schedule of Events

  • 8:15 a.m. "Welcome to Burgundy!" Breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m. 8th Grade Musical Performance and Remarks
  • 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Classroom Visits
  • 11:45 a.m. Lower School Performances
  • 12:30 p.m. Programming Ends, Grandparents & Special Friends Depart

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take my grandchild/special friend home at 12:30 p.m.?

The celebration of Grandparents and Special Friends concludes at 12:30 p.m.,  and the rest of the day will be regularly scheduled classes and instruction for the kids. We encourage families to have their children attend the full day of school, picking up at our regular dismissal of 3:15 p.m. If you wish to take a student home early, please notify receptionist Geraldine Soriano at 703-960-3431 in advance.

Who can be considered a special friend?

Any person who plays an important role in a child’s life — family friend, aunts, uncles, godparents, an older brother or sister, even parents can serve as special friends. It is an opportunity for our students to showcase their love of Burgundy to the people they care about most!

Burgundy has a large campus - will there be assistance getting around if needed? Is the campus accessible?

Yes. The campus is nearly fully accessible, with handicap accessible bathrooms. There is some rougher terrain around the more pastoral parts of the farm campus. We will have golf carts that will help those in need of assistance get from place to place. For those who do not need assistance, we encourage you to wear comfortable walking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather, as some time will be spent outside transitioning from building to building.

Additional inquiries? Please call Matt Sahlin, Director of Advancement at 703.842.0466.

James Perriam Advances to the State Geography Bee!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

We are so excited to announce that James Perriam has advanced to the state level of National Geographic's Geography Bee!

The "GeoBee" is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.

Students in grades four through eight from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States compete for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.

James won the Burgundy Geography Bee and then took a qualifying test to advance to state. James had one of the 100 top scores in Virginia and will advance to the state level of the competition!

Ready for the New School Year!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The teachers and Elizabeth, Jared, Pat, and I are back from the annual faculty retreat, which took place at the Cove Monday and Tuesday. We had a wonderful kick-off with teachers, with ice-breakers, great meals, and recreation time, along with a slate of team meetings and great professional conversations on diversity and differentiation, two of our summer reading topics! We are fortunate to have such an incredible mountain campus and academic program there! And, yes, it was hot even there! Big thanks to Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies Director Vini Schoene ’73, David Sicree, and Jennifer Smith for hosting us!

Teachers, administrators, and staff are on campus this week here in Alexandria, in coordinating meetings, setting up classrooms, and generally getting ready for the first day of school, next Wednesday! Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, is the orientation day for new parents and students.

We'll have the long weekend coming up to contemplate our hopes and dreams for the coming year and for teachers to put final touches on their classroom spaces. And then, beginning with the preliminary activities Tuesday, we will be greeting your children with open hearts, minds, and arms. We look forward to seeing you and your students! Don't forget the BPA First Day Coffee on Wednesday and the Burgundy Back to School BBQ on Friday next week!

See you soon!

Faculty at Cove
Faculty recently gathered at the Cove for their annual retreat. Photo by Christen Kinard.


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Dispatch from the Middle Ages

Friday, May 25, 2018

This week in addition to attending the tail-end of the Medieval Festival at 4/5 I had the pleasure of reviewing some of the Medieval Simple Machine write-ups and illustrations in the Gallery of the Logan Loft. An integrated unit, Medieval Studies touches social studies, science, math, reading and writing, and even the arts! The simple machines projects draw on STEAM skills: students design a machine, then write a persuasive letter to potential benefactors (royalty) asking for patronage of their work.

This week, among portraits of other worthy machines, I encountered colorful representations of: the Rat Crusher, the Poop Waste Sanitation Machine, the Wall Destroyer, the Pulley Bridge, the Crush-o-Mortar, the Serfing Safari (cart puller), the Medicine Delivery Machine, the Medieval Windmill Override (ouch?), and the ever-practical (olde) catapult!

If, as I hope, I’ve piqued your interest, alas, my editor cautioned me that the full descriptions of the functions of some of the aforementioned contraptions might not be publishable in a weekly (typically) rated-G parent newsletter. Yet ere you seek remonstrances or worse, a pox, on me, I can entertaine ye with an excerpt frome one letter (to the nobles) from a serf in search of support for his machine, developing the skill of advocating for a good concept…

Dear your most Lovely Queens,

Your most regal and elegant highnesses….I have invented something completely wondrous….As of now when we are making buildings the mortar is uneven and it takes many men and many hours to create the mortar...my machine will make it easier...You will benefit from the Crush-o-Mortar. Your mortar will be the envy of all and your buildings will be strong….

The Medieval Festival every other year encompasses much more than pool noodle jousting and juggling… Planning and designing simple machines introduces 4th and 5th graders to real-life analytical thinking in a manner that lends itself to 21st century problem-solving skills. Being curious about 12th century engineering challenges translates into an ability to address 21st century problems, something we and the high schools who accept our graduates know that our alumni bring consistently to bear in their lives after Burgundy!

Medieval work
A selection of this year's presentations about simple machines, on display in the gallery.


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Nearing the End of This Year's Journey

Friday, May 18, 2018

This afternoon, I’m returning from the Cove, having spent some quality time at our incredible Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies campus with the Viceroys. Rain is not the weather we hope for when we set out to the Cove, but I can tell you that seeing so many shades of green, even in the rain, is somehow grounding and delightful, and seeing our kids so engaged, with little care about the weather, is always inspiring!

Cove trips also are the surest signal that the school year is racing to completion! Hold on!

Ready or not, final everythings begin in earnest in mid-May: the musical (8th graders’ last production, aside from graduation), the 4th-5th grade Medieval festival, the 8th grade rocket launch, and various other classes’ culminating expositions, as well as, this year, the 6th-7th grade Shakespeare elective performance, and finally — much-anticipated by the classes — the final swims and class parties! The last day of school also includes a Moving Up celebration. More soon on that! It feels sudden, even to me, to refer to the last day of school, but it’s only three weeks away!

Viceroys Cove ball
Rain during the Viceroys trip didn't stop a game of Coveball.

It’s the time of year when I have to remind myself that it’s less important (to some degree) to get each thing on a list done and more important to experience some of the moments and really ‘be in the moment.’ One way I’m accomplishing that is by being at the Cove, however briefly, with my child’s class. Many other years I have spent a night or two with the 8th graders at Wilderness Adventure. This year I’ll try to visit many of the different classes’ final activities. I’ll also enjoy the annual reception for 8th grade parents, the final board meeting and celebration of retiring trustees, and each of the last days of school.

One of the things that keeps us educators coming back each year is that there’s a phenomenal renewing energy in life cycles and rituals, the transitions and the traditions, of a school year. There can be some anxiety and stress for everyone in the crush to wrap up everything, and in anticipating change, which everyone handles differently; but there is also the opportunity to celebrate the journey.

Every year is a different journey. Whether it’s been the most magical or harder-than-average (sometimes we learn and grow even more in those years), it’s been our year together, in each one of our classes and peer groups, and this is true for the adults as well as the students. Savor all for which we have to be grateful! Thanks for all the support for me, our staff, and for Burgundy.

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